Thanks for all the replies. The submaine will be used as a plug from which
I'll pull a fibreglass hull. Obviously becuase of this the wood doesn't have
to be very hard wearing and will only be used for a short time. I thinking
about glueing multiple strips (2" x 1" etc) together then turning that. The
hull will have to be a solid.
The submarine will be a R/c Akula class if anyone is interested. The main
shape of the hull is a teardrop shape, althought it does have a slightly
I thought about making it in multiple sections, but wondered how easy it
would be to get the all the same size.
With it being a oneoff, I don't really want to spend lots of money making
it. If I was to make my own, what sort of motor am I looking at needing, and
at what rpm will it have to turn?
Carve it from blue or pink foam, fiberglass it, and use solvent to melt
out the foam. This is also the way many flying model jets are built.
FWIW, I live 40 minutes from Electric Boat, fly my little airplane over
it, in and out of Groton airport, and subs don't look round. I've seen
a bunch of them in sections and in drydock, and they all look oval
shaped to me. <G>
Micheal, is the group "The Sub Committee" still around? If so they
could point you to people that have done this. I have a co-worker that
(used) to build Subs and even powered torpedoes (which he used to sell).
I'd point you at him, but he would get grumpy with both of us.
I looked at adding this to my hobbies years ago, and had an attack of
Personal e-mail is the n7bsn but at amsat.org
Yes, they're still around and I visit there boards frequently
(http://www.subcommittee.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi ). Some germans are
building a BELUGA CLASS sub using wood (end bits only though) and a lathe
(http://projekt1710.borg-core.com/index_e.asp ), however my hull is just too
big to fit on any of my lathes, so wondered about making my own. As this is
much larger than anyone else has attempted (excluding military research
vessels) I'm in a bit of a league of my own..
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